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New York Yankees spring preview

Key additions: OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Javier Vazquez, DH Nick Johnson, OF Randy Winn, RHP Chan Ho Park

Key losses: OF Johnny Damon, OF Hideki Matsui, OF Melky Cabrera, C Jose Molina

Spring storylines

Joba rules? Though the rotation is stacked, from CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett to their new acquisition in Vazquez, the Yankees will have a battle for the fifth starter spot between their top two young pitchers, Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. The loser would likely go to the bullpen and help set up closer Mariano Rivera.

Leaning left: Where will Granderson play? The All-Star centerfielder is versatile enough to move to leftfield (replacing departed Johnny Damon) and will split time with CF Brett Gardner this spring in both spots.

Lining up: Damon and Matsui will be missed, but how do the new pieces (Granderson, Johnson, etc.) fit in? Manager Joe Girardi thinks the lineup can be just as productive as last season, when New York scored more runs (915) than any team in the majors. It appears Granderson and Johnson are the top candidates to step into the No. 2 spot left by Damon.

Stadium: George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa

Tickets: Season — upper outfield $285, upper reserve $437; single game — upper outfield $17, upper infield $27, lower outfield $29, lower infield $31.

More information: (813) 879-2244; (813) 287-8844 TicketMaster; steinbrennerfield.com

MARCH

3: Pirates

4: at Phillies

5: Rays

6: Blue Jays

7: at Twins

8: at Pirates (ss)

8: Phillies (ss)

9: Pirates

10: at Tigers

11: Braves, 7:05

12: at Nationals

13: Orioles (ss)

13: at Tigers (ss)

14: at Pirates

16: Astros, 7:05

17: at Phillies

18: Rays, 7:05

19: at Rays (ss), 7:05

19: Tigers (ss)

20: at Astors

21: Tigers

22: at Phillies

24: Nationals, 7:05

25: at Orioles

26: Phillies, 7:05

27: at Tigers

28: Tigers

29: at Orioles, 7:05

30: at Braves (ss)

30: Blue Jays (ss), 7:05

31: Twins

APRIL

1: at Blue Jays

2: Orioles, 7:05

3: Yankee Future Stars

New York Yankees spring preview 03/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:14pm]

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